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Microsoft SkyDrive Finally Gets Its Desktop App

Until now, the main difference between the way that you use Dropbox and Microsoft; SkyDrive is that the latter is only available via a web site.  There's no officially supported way to mount your SkyDrive as a virtual drive in Windows 7, to which you can copy and save files.

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Free Tool Analyses Email Header To Show Route Taken

Although internet-based email is incredibly useful, it does have its problems.  It's not secure by default, so you need to encrypt confidential messages.  There's no automatic mechanism to find out whether a message was received or read.  And perhaps most worryingly of all, it's easy to send fake mail that appears to come from, well, anyone.  Hence all that spam that seems to have been sent by a collection of people with unbelievable names.  If they appear to have been randomly generated, that's because they probably have.

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50 GB Of Free Online Storage

I've mentioned lots of cloud storage services recently.  One common feature that almost all of them share, is that a basic free account gives you 2 GB of storage.  ADrive is different, as it gives you a full 50 GB.  Plenty of space to ensure that all your important files are backed up to your other computers and to the cloud.

Check out www.adrive.com for more.

 

 

 

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Introducing The 5 MB (Yes Really) Hard Disk

I don't often do this, so forgive me if you will.  But if you're about to pop down to your local computer shop this weekend and hand over around $150 for a terabyte of hard disk, this fascinating Youtube video will make you realise just how far we've come in the last half-century.

The video, which lasts 11 minutes, is a promotional film from IBM which dates from 1956, explaining how and why it researched and developed a device called the RAMAC.  It's the world's first hard disk, and was capable of storing a massive 5 megabytes of data in a device no larger than a refrigerator.  

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An Instant Gateway to 250 Brilliant Browser-Based Games

There are thousands of free browser-based games on the internet that you can play from your PC for free.  However, the quality of the games is very variable.  Some are superb, others are very poor.

Friv is a simple web site that offers a direct gateway to 250 excellent browser-based arcade games.  Just go to www.friv.com and hover your mouse around the icons to find a game that you like, then click to play.  In each case, there's a link back to friv for when you feel like trying a different game from the selection.

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Free Online Courses And Lectures. Learn SQL, Psychology, Business And More.

Udemy (www.udemy.com) is an online college/school/university/academy that offers a whole host of courses that you can use to teach yourself in your own time.  The courses include printed material and video lectures.  

Although many of the courses require a payment, there are also lots of free ones too.  You can browse the catalogue without registering, though you'll need to sign up if you want to view the free content.  

 

 

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Create Your Own Music Mash-Up From MP3 Files

Myna is a free web-based system for creating music from audio clips.

Start by uploading some of your own clips, or choose from the large free built-in library of vocal, instrumental and rhythm sounds.  Then move them around to construct your own sounds.  Or if you prefer to just listen to other users' compositions, you can do that too.

So turn your speakers to 11, fire up your browser and head to http://advanced.aviary.com/tools/audio-editor.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator. It's Back And It's Free.

A year ago, Microsoft announced that it was canning its Flight Simulator game, much to the irritation of those who'd bought and played it for years.

Now, though, it's back.  It has a new name (just Microsoft Flight), and it's free. In its new incarnation, you play it as an online game, and the adventure takes place in and around Hawaii.  Other planes and environments are, or will be, available but these will be optional paid-for extras.

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A Handy Tweaking Tool For Windows

I normally try to steer clear of system utility tools such as registry cleaners, generic Windows clean-up suites and so on, because in my experience they can do more harm than good.  But a simple, free program called Tweak Me seems to work rather well, and it's easy to reverse any changes because you can keep track of the selections you make.

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Keep Tabs On How Much Data Your PC Downloads and Uploads

One of the most useful software tools that you can keep within reach of your computer is something that tells you how much information you upload to, and download from, the internet over a specific time period.  And, of course, how fast those transfers are taking place.

Those figures allow you to check that your internet connection is working correctly, that you're not in danger of reaching your ISP's monthly traffic limit, and that there aren't any trojans on your PC silently uploading the contents of your hard disk to some foreign hackers.

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